3:43 PM, Mar 25, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The United States Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy." Bergdahl allegedly abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by Taliban-aligned forces for nearly five years before the Obama administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban forces. Bergdahl returned to the United States in 2014 in exchange for the release of five high-ranking and highly dangerous Taliban commanders. President Obama made the announcement in a highly dramatic fashion, with a speech in the Rose Garden flanked by Bergdahl's parents.
Plenty of Republicans criticized the trade, and even some Democrats raised questions about the nature of the exchange. But along with prominent members of the administration, several other Democrats were unequivocal in their praise for the exchange at the time and celebrated Bergdahl's service in the Army.
Hillary Clinton, Obama's former secretary of state, defended the deal in the days following. Clinton dismissed claims at the time that Bergdahl had deserted as "irrelevant." "We bring our people home," she said. Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice said Bergdahl had served with "honor and distinction."
Congressional leaders were effusive in their praise as well.
“Today is a joyful day for our nation," said House minority leader Nancy Pelosi in a May 31 statement. "As Sgt. Bergdahl returns home, we join in celebrating his safe return, and in expressing our gratitude for the relentless dedication of all the service members, intelligence officers, and diplomats who worked so hard to make this day a reality."
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, then the majority leader, took to the Senate floor on June 4 to castigate Republicans criticizing the exchange. "As the president said, this is not a victory for him. It is a victory for the United States military and our country," said Reid.
Praise for the deal was not limited to members of Congress. New Hampshire's Democratic governor Maggie Hassan, who is likely to challenge Republican senator Kelly Ayotte in 2016, issued a statement to celebrate Bergdahl's return. “Sergeant Bergdahl’s release is incredibly heartening news, and I am sure his family and loved ones are overcome with joy that they will soon be reunited," said Hassan in a May 31 statement. "His dedication and resilience represent the very best of all our service members, and I join all Americans in thanking him for his service, bravery and sacrifice.”
12:39 PM, Mar 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Nancy Pelosi reacts to Benjamin Netanyahu's speech by saying, "I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech."
Here's her full statement:
4:03 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California has announced her opposition to the 2015 omnibus spending bill. Congress is attempting to pass the bill to continue funding for the federal government, which runs out at 12 midnight Friday morning. Without passing this bill or a short-term continuing resolution, the government will necessarily shut down.
11:17 AM, Nov 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton has made several trips to San Francisco in the past year, with all of them costing the city's police department more than $21,000 in extra expenses—including more than $10,000 for a single event with Nancy Pelosi.
9:35 PM, Nov 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi picked Billy Joel over President Barack Obama.
"Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opted to appear at a star-studded event honoring Billy Joel rather than meet with President Obama on Wednesday night to discuss his plans for executive action on immigration," the Hill reports.
7:35 AM, Nov 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Nancy Pelosi is staying right where she is -- minority leader of the House of Representatives. And she emailed supporters last night to let them know she wasn't "going anywhere."
Warns of 'largest GOP majority in the House since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.'2:04 PM, Nov 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Nancy Pelosi is warning of "Catastrophe." At least, that's what she is saying in her latest appeal for cash before Tuesday's election.
10:20 AM, Oct 17, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
Orange County, N.Y.
Tucked away in the bedroom community of the Hudson Valley lies a late-breaking sleeper race between Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney and former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth. The competition has received little national attention, with most prognosticators giving Maloney a decided edge.
10:35 AM, Oct 9, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
For years, it's been axiomatic among political observers that the GOP "brand" is damaged. There is certainly merit to this observation, though it is often bandied about in contexts where there's little to no evidence supporting that conclusion.
7:35 PM, Jun 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is giving away a signed copy of Hillary Clinton's latest memoir, Hard Choices. In an email sent out to the DCCC's list, Nancy Pelosi says the book will be given to someone who signs an e-card thanking Clinton for serving this nation.
5:00 PM, Jun 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama sought the advice of three initial supporters of the Iraq war on the current situation in Iraq. According to a White House readout of the meeting, the president this afternoon met with Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner, all of whom voted to authorize the Iraq war (except Pelosi, who supported intervening recently in Syria).
1:32 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Nancy Pelosi is fundraising to amend the Constitution of the United States.
"You might miss out on history," she writes in an email sent out on the Mother Jones email list.
"931,561 people and counting have added their name calling for a Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United.
3:33 PM, May 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In a Memorial Day piece for The Hill, Nancy Pelosi writes:
With every generation of Americans that has put on the uniform comes a renewed responsibility to meet the standard set by the origi
8:55 AM, Apr 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Evidently, it is news when a spokesman for House minority leader Nancy Pelosi issues a statement denouncing the "failures of the Republican Congress.”
Could you not, upon learning of this, be knocked off your feet with a feather?
2:31 PM, Apr 9, 2014 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN
The student leaders of Taiwan’s Sunflower movement, having occupied the legislative chambers in the capital of Taipei for the past three weeks, recently announced plans for demonstrators to vacate the floor of the Legislative Yuan on April 10. The students have been expressing their strong reservations about the proposed Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) between Taiwan and mainland China, which they fear would bring Taiwan too firmly into Beijing’s economic orbit.